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Windows 7 administrator password reset

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Administrator password on Windows 7 Home Premium forgotten.
How do I reset password with no users with admin privileges
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Question by:sjkyllo
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by:Darr247
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Download Petter Nordahl-Hagen's NT-password program/script from
http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html
unzip and burn to CD or USB (instructions are there on that page, too).
Also see http://pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/faq.html
if you have problems.

I suggest using menu item #4, enable the Administrator account, then blank its password.

Remove the CD/USB stick and boot up normally, select the Administrator account and hit Enter to logon.  Go to the User Accounts applet in the control panel, select the admin-level account for which you forgot the password and change/confirm its password. Note that you should NOT be employing the Administrator account for everyday use... microsoft disables it by default for good reason (using it all the time is like logging into linux as root all the time).

Then set a new password for the Administrator account.

Before logging out, disable the Administrator account:
click the 'start' orb
type cmd in the search box
hold down Ctrl+Shift and hit Enter
(or right-click the result that appears at the top of the start menu, under Programs (1), and choose Run as administrator)
answer Yes to the UAC prompt
In the command window that opens, run the command
net user administrator /active:no

"The command completed successfully" should appear.

Now reboot and have access to the admin-level account again.
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by:mrcannon
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My apologies sjkyllo.  You will find the tool to be exactly what you are looking for.  An excellent CD to have at the ready.  Things become a little more difficult when it comes to Windows 8 passwords, so you are in luck that this is Windows 7 :)

Cheers - MC
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sjkyllo earned 0 total points
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Thank you for your comments
Found a solution using the Windows 7 disc using the command prompt to override the sticky key command
Works extremely well.
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by:Darr247
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Most computers sold today do NOT come with a Windows installation DVD.
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by:sjkyllo
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An easily used tool no outside source files, cd's, hardware necessary.
Takes a small amount of time.

This is not of my design, found the solution posted on the internet here

http://www.howtogeek.com/96630/how-to-reset-your-forgotten-windows-password-the-easy-way/
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